How the Old and New Big 12 Recruiting Rankings Look after the Early Signing Period

The early signing period has come and gone, and now prospective student-athletes will have to wait until February to officially put pen to paper.

In a few metrics, Oklahoma State finished with its best class under Mike Gundy. The Cowboys’ class ranks 26th nationally with 17 signees. The Cowboys’ average player rating of 0.8757 is a program-best since these things started being tracked in 1999.

How does that compare to the rest of the Big 12? Not too shabby. Oklahoma State’s class ranked third in the league behind Texas and Oklahoma. The Cowboys had six composite four-star signees. Aside from Texas and OU, the next highest amount of four-star signees in the league was two.

National Ranking School Avg. Per Player No. of Commits
5 Texas 90.37 27
10 Oklahoma 91.49 15
26 Oklahoma State 87.57 17
30 Iowa State 86.36 21
32 West Virginia 86.59 20
33 Baylor 86.61 20
39 Texas Tech 86.14 18
60 Kansas State 84.72 17
62 TCU 88.28 10
105 Kansas 83.86 6

Texas had the two highest-rated signees among the Big 12 schools. Offensive tackle Kelvin Banks is the only five-star prospect who signed in the Big 12. His rating is 0.9923. Cornerback Terrance Brooks was second among Big 12 signees at 0.9748.

Oklahoma State signee Talyn Shettron was the highest rated among Big 12 schools that aren’t OU or Texas at a 0.9619. TCU receiver Jordan Hudson was next in that category at 0.9446.

Here is a look at all the five- and four-star prospects who signed with Big 12 schools. If a school didn’t have a four-star signee, the highest-rated prospect who signed with that school is mentioned.

Player School Position Stars Rating
Kelvin Banks Texas OT 5 0.9923
Terrance Brooks Texas CB 4 0.9748
Gavin Sawchuk Oklahoma RB 4 0.9709
Gentry Williams* Oklahoma CB 4 0.9656
Brenan Thompson Texas WR 4 0.9655
Talyn Shettron Oklahoma State WR 4 0.9619
Bryan Allen Jr. Texas S 4 0.9539
Jaray Bledsoe Texas DL 4 0.9474
J’mond Tapp Texas Edge 4 0.9456
Jordan Hudson TCU WR 4 0.9446
Justice Finkley Texas Edge 4 0.9436
Neto Umeozulu Texas OL 4 0.9423
Kobie McKinzie Oklahoma LB 4 0.9423
Jayden Gibson Oklahoma WR 4 0.9401
Nick Evers Oklahoma QB 4 0.9371
Jake Taylor Oklahoma OT 4 0.9361
Jaylon Guilbeau Texas CB 4 0.9351
Chace Biddle TCU S 4 0.935
Maalik Murphy Texas QB 4 0.9321
Armani Winfield Baylor WR 4 0.9307
Jaydon Blue Texas RB 4 0.9258
Maurion Horn Texas Tech ATH 4 0.914
Jacolby Spells West Virginia CB 4 0.9137
Jacob Sexton Oklahoma OT 4 0.9109
Nicholas Anderson Oklahoma WR 4 0.9109
Austin Jordan Texas S 4 0.9096
Kip Lewis Oklahoma LB 4 0.9076
Robert Spears-Jennings Oklahoma WR 4 0.9046
Ollie Gordon Oklahoma State RB 4 0.9036
Kristopher Ross Texas DL 4 0.9035
Malik Agbo Texas OT 4 0.9033
Nicco Marchiol West Virginia QB 4 0.9026
Hunter Deyo Iowa State DL 4 0.9018
Derrick Brown Texas Edge 4 0.8987
Kaian Roberts-Day Baylor Edge 4 0.8987
Greg Gaines Iowa State WR 4 0.8964
Kaden Helms Oklahoma TE 4 0.8958
CJ Brown Oklahoma State RB 4 0.8958
Tyrone Webber Oklahoma State OT 4 0.8945
Cole Hutson Texas OL 4 0.8934
Aaron Bryant Texas DL 4 0.8933
Braylin Presley Oklahoma State ATH 4 0.892
Jayden Rowe Oklahoma CB 4 0.8917
Garret Rangel Oklahoma State QB 4 0.8913
Zac Swanson Texas DL 4 0.8904
Jalen Klemm Kansas State OT 3 0.8739
Kaleb Purdy Kansas S 3 0.8627

*Williams is committed to OU, but he did not sign during the early period

One could make an argument that by the time a majority of this 2022 class makes an impact on the field, conference realignment will have taken shape.

With OU and Texas set to leave the Big 12 and BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF set to join, this is what the Big 12 recruiting rankings would have looked like:

National Ranking School Avg. Per Player No. of Commits
26 Oklahoma State 87.57 17
30 Iowa State 86.36 21
32 West Virginia 86.59 20
33 Baylor 86.61 20
37 Cincinnati 86.37 20
39 Texas Tech 86.14 18
41 UCF 86.77 16
56 BYU 83.54 19
59 Houston 85.93 14
60 Kansas State 84.72 17
62 TCU 88.28 10
105 Kansas 83.86 6

The schools coming into the conference are already recruiting at a respectable level to the Big 12 average.

Of the four new schools, Houston has the highest-rated signee in wide receiver Matthew Golden, a four-star prospect with a 0.9193 rating. Cincinnati edge rusher Mario Eugenio follows him with a 0.9042 rating.

All four of the new programs have at least one four-star prospect signed in the 2022 class. BYU, Cincinnati and Houston have two four-star signees apiece.

Here is a look at all the four-star prospects committed to schools in the “new” Big 12. Again, if a school (Kansas State and Kansas) doesn’t have a four-star in its class, the highest-rated player in that class will be represented. By 2025, the latest OU and Texas will be out of the conference, this group will be mostly seniors or redshirt juniors.

Player School Position Stars Rating
Talyn Shettron Oklahoma State WR 4 0.9619
Jordan Hudson TCU WR 4 0.9446
Chace Biddle TCU S 4 0.935
Armani Winfield Baylor WR 4 0.9307
Matthew Golden Houston WR 4 0.9193
Maurion Horn Texas Tech ATH 4 0.914
Jacolby Spells West Virginia CB 4 0.9137
Mario Eugenio Cincinnati Edge 4 0.9042
Ollie Gordon Oklahoma State RB 4 0.9036
Nicco Marchiol West Virginia QB 4 0.9026
Hunter Deyo Iowa State DL 4 0.9018
Kaian Roberts-Day Baylor Edge 4 0.8987
Cody Hagen BYU WR 4 0.8972
JQ Hardaway Cincinnati S 4 0.8969
Greg Gaines Iowa State WR 4 0.8964
CJ Brown Oklahoma State RB 4 0.8958
Tyrone Webber Oklahoma State OT 4 0.8945
Aisea Moa BYU DL 4 0.8937
Nikai Martinez UCF CB 4 0.8925
Demetrious Hunter Houston OL 4 0.8921
Braylin Presley Oklahoma State ATH 4 0.892
Garret Rangel Oklahoma State QB 4 0.8913
Jalen Klemm Kansas State OT 3 0.8739
Kaleb Purdy Kansas S 3 0.8627

These rankings might still tweak a time or two before all is set and done, but this provides a solid look at who some of the impact players could be in the future of the conference. Despite the league losing its two biggest brand names, it’s nice to know that the newcomers can at least pull their weight when it comes to recruiting.

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